The Browns’ quarterback carousel continues to turn in Cleveland, as on Wednesday head coach Hue Jackson announced that quarterback Kevin Hogan will start Sunday’s match-up against the Houston Texans.
The Browns are currently winless at 0-5, but Jackson said the record is not the reason for the change.
“I know everybody keeps thinking it’s the record. I have a vision for this offensive football team and I know how this offense works. That’s what I have to get it to.”
Hogan replaces rookie DeShone Kizer at the helm, who in his first five games hasn’t prospered well. Kizer currently has the lowest total QBR of all quarterbacks at 18.4, and the most interceptions this season with nine in total.
Despite demoting him, Jackson stressed to reporters that Kizer is still a big part of Cleveland’s future going forward.
“He needs to continue to grow, continue to get better, and he will. There’s no question in my mind that he will. But right now I think this is what’s best for our football team and this is the decision that I’ve made.”
Hogan, 24, has capitalized on the playing time he’s seen this season. In three appearances, he’s completed 26-of-38 passes for 377 yards, three touchdowns, and two interceptions. He was drafted in the fifth round in 2016 by Kansas City, but was released shortly after. He was signed to the Browns practice days later, and is very excited to get his first official start in the NFL.
“I played a lot of games in college and, when I was out there the other day, it felt like I was in college again. I’m looking forward to the opportunity.”
Whether Hogan will remain the starter is undetermined, but hopefully the change will begin the process of turning things around in Cleveland.